Arthur William Tucker

Arthur William Tucker

Male 1908 - 1990  (81 years)

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  • Name Arthur William Tucker  [1, 2, 3
    Born 20 Jun 1908  Croydon, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    South Australia birth registration transcription, Arthur William Tucker
    South Australia birth registration transcription, Arthur William Tucker
    Arthur William Tucker, son of William Edmond Tucker and Eva Rose Adcock, born 20 June 1908 at Croydon, South Australia, Australia. Birth registered Hindmarsh, Book 804 page 410.

    Gender Male 
    Education 24 Mar 1917  Hoylton School, South Australia, Australi Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Arthur William Tucker transferred from Woodlands School, South Australia, To Hoylton School South Australia. 
    Education 27 Mar 1917  Woodlands School, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Arthur William Tucker enrolled at Woodlands School, South Australia, 27 Mar 1917, Registration No. 107 where he studied until transfering to Hoylton school on 24 May 1919 

    South Australia School Admissions, Woodlands School, South Australia, Australia, Arthur William Tucker
    South Australia School Admissions, Woodlands School, South Australia, Australia, Arthur William Tucker
    Arthur William Tucker transferred from Hindmarsh School to Woodlands School on 27 Mar 1917. This is his record of registration and attendance at Woodlands School.
    Address 5 Mar 1942  Halidon, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
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    On Arthur's Army Enlistment papers, his permanent address is lis 
    War Service 5 Mar 1942  Halidon, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Arthur William Tucker enlisted in A.I.F on the 5 March 1942 at Haldon, South Australia, Australia. He served in the defence of Darwin and at Bouganville in the Soloman Islands. He was discharged on 22 Jan 1946

    Military Honours 16 Apr 1968  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Arthur was awarded the following military decoration for his Military Service in the Australian Army during World War II
      1939-1945 Star
      Pacific Star
      War Medal
      Defence Medal
      Australia Service Medal 1939-1945
      Return from Active Service Badge





    1939-1945 Star, SX18397 Cpl Arthur William Tucker
    1939-1945 Star, SX18397 Cpl Arthur William Tucker
    The 1939-45 Star is awarded for service between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945 for:

    a period of six months (180 days) operational service for RAN and Army personnel and RAAF non-air crew personnel
    a period of two months operational service for air crew personnel
    a period of six months service at sea for Merchant Navy…

    Pacific Star Medal, SX18397, CPL Arthur William Tucker
    Pacific Star Medal, SX18397, CPL Arthur William Tucker
    The Pacific Star is awarded for entry into operational service in the Pacific Theatre of Operations between 8 December 1941 and 2 September 1945.

    Navy and Merchant Navy personnel are eligible if the 1939-45 Star is earned by six months service or if they entered the Pacific Theatre between 2 March 1945 and 2 September 1945.
    Defence Medal, SX18397, Cpl Arthur William Tucker
    Defence Medal, SX18397, Cpl Arthur William Tucker
    The Defence Medal is awarded for six months service in a prescribed non-operational area subject to enemy air attack or closely threatened, in Australia and overseas, or for 12 months service in non-prescribed non-operational areas.

    Within Australia the area is the Northern Territory, north of 14 degrees 30 minutes south, and the Torres Strait…
    War Medal, SX18397, Cpl Arthur William Tucker
    War Medal, SX18397, Cpl Arthur William Tucker
    The War Medal 1939-45 was awarded for 28 days full-time service in the Armed Forces between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945. Operational and non-operational service may be counted, providing that it was of 28 days or more duration.

    In the Merchant Navy there is a requirement that the 28 days should have been served at sea.

    A member…
    Australian Service Medal, SX18397, CPL Arthur William Tucker
    Australian Service Medal, SX18397, CPL Arthur William Tucker
    The Australia Service Medal 1939-1945 was instituted in 1949 to recognise the service of members of the Australian Armed Forces and the Australian Mercantile Marine during World War II.

    The medal was originally awarded to those who served at home or overseas for at least 18 month full-time service, or three years part-time service, between 3…
    Return from Active Service Badge, SX18397, CPL Arthur William Tucker
    Return from Active Service Badge, SX18397, CPL Arthur William Tucker
    The purpose of the Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB) is to recognise Australian Defence Force members who have returned from active or warlike service during military campaigns in operational areas.

    The RASB is not issued posthumously.

    Some badges were issued with production numbers on the reverse. These are not recorded by the…
    Died 20 May 1990  Millicent, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 22 May 1990  Millicent Cemetery, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6
    Millicent Cemetery, South Australia, Australia, Burial Register Transcription, Arthur William Tucker
    Millicent Cemetery, South Australia, Australia, Burial Register Transcription, Arthur William Tucker
    Arthur William Tucker, Buried 22 May 1990, Plot 513, Millicent Lawn Cemetery, his wife Thelma Cecilia Tucker (n. Phillips) shares his grave. Permit Number 612, Grant number 568.

    Person ID I3851  Tucker Family Tree | The descendants of James Tucker
    Last Modified 30 Mar 2022 

    Father William Edmond Tucker,   b. 7 Jun 1881, Inman Hills, District Yankalilla, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1958, Tailem Bend, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Eva Rose Adcock,   b. 26 Oct 1877, Hindmarsh, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1917, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 3 Sep 1907 
    Family ID F1160  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Thelma Cecilia Phillips,   b. 24 May 1915, Leichhardt, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 3 Dec 2003, Millicent Cemetery, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Married 24 Oct 1953  Church of Christ, Prospect, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Living
    +2. Living
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2022 
    Family ID F1163  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Arthur William Tucker
    Arthur William Tucker
    This photo was cropped from page 2 of Arthur's WW2 Military Service Record

  • Notes 
    • Arthur began school in 1914 at Hindmarsh School but after his mother's death he went to Woodlands School which was closer to his Aunt Myrtle's home. When they moved to live with Arthur's father at Hoyleton he attended Hoyleton School. Arthur got his Q.C. and left School at 12.
      In 1921 Arthur went to Lameroo to work on a property which his father had bought and then exchanged for another at Meningie (on the Hummocks on the other side of the Coorong from McGrath's Flat). The exchange was made with a distant relative against advice from Arthur's grandmother. It was later found that the distant relative did not own the property at the time of the exchange and although Arthur's father was advised he could take legal action, he did not pursue the matter.
      Arthur worked at the Lameroo property for seven or eight months and on leaving was given 13 sheep which the distant relative said were running on the Hummocks property. These sheep were in lieu of wages. Arthur went to find his sheep but there had only ever been 6 there. Two had already been shot by a fisherman and when Arthur and Frank tried to round up the remaining 4, two of them jumped into the Coorong and drowned. While catching the last two, Arthur's best pony (which he had jumped at the Meningie Show) injured it shoulder when the horse and Arthur somersaulted down a steep sand hill. The horse was never any good for hard riding after this incident.
      Arthur lived in a hut on the Coorong trapping and poisoning rabbits (with strychnine and apple) until he was 17. He got 50,000 rabbits in one year alone and sold the skins.
      In 1925 Arthur's father bought a property at Halidon and they moved there. At 18 Arthur got a 99 year lease property of 1900 acres of his own. It was 14 miles east of Halidon. He worked extremely hard to clear 1600 acres while still working for his father and others. Somewhere between 1927 and 29 Arthur's father sold his property. Between 1927 and 1942 Arthur played football for Halidon (for a time he was captain-coach) and won two East Murray Football Association medals. He also won Best and Fairest, and fairest 1931 and Most Brilliant - Mail Medal 1935 (possibly the first gold medal awarded by the Mail in the area)
      In 1942 he left the land to join the Army. Arthur advised the State Bank to sell the improvements on the property to recoup what was owing and they did so and made a profit. At this time only one other farmer remained of the 22 who started farming in this area. The rest had walked off with nothing. Frank did look after some sheep on this farm for two or three years. Frank could not enlist because of a shot gun injury to the knee and rheumatic fever. Arthur served as a corporal in the transport section of the Army and went to Darwin, Northern Territory, Bougainvillea returning with the medals; 1939/45 star, Pacific Star, Defence medal, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal.
      In 1946 he returned from the army and lived with Frank for 7.5 years at Commandook, South Australia, where he met Thelma. In 1953 he bought a scrub block at Claywells in the South-East and named it "Woodlands". Arthur and Thelma moved to "Woodlands' in 1956, raising their young family there and clearing and developing the scrub block despite the handicap of developing arthritis of Arthur's hips. In 1988 they retired to a house in Millicent, South Australia. (The Tucker Family in Australia, 1992) [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] The Tucker Family in Australia, Cynthis Henley-Smith, (Gillingham Printers Pty Ltd Adelaide, South Australia), 249 (Reliability: 3), 1992.

    2. [S644] South Australia School Admission Registers, Reg No. 108 Woodlands (Reliability: 3), 27 Mar 1917.

    3. [S645] Genealogy South Australia, South Australia Births, Hindmarsh Book 804 Page 410 (Reliability: 3), 20 Jun 1908.

    4. [S652] Australia Military Service Record World War 2, (National Archives of Australia), 1 (Reliability: 3), 1 Mar 1946.

    5. [S652] Australia Military Service Record World War 2, (National Archives of Australia), 1 through 14 (Reliability: 3), 1 Mar 1946.

    6. [S647] Millicent Cemetery, Millicent, South Australia, Australia, Wattle Range Council, Millicednt, South Australia, Australia, (Wattle Range Council, Millicent, South Australia, Australia), Permit 612, Grant 568 (Reliability: 3), 22 May 1990.
      Plot 513 Millicent Lawn Cemetery


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